Gylfi Sigurdsson in Iceland’s World Cup squad despite injury

After becoming the smallest nation to qualify for the World Cup, Iceland celebrated with their famous Viking clap.

Iceland have selected playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson and captain Aron Gunnarsson in their 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia even though both midfielders are out injured.

Sigurdsson, Iceland’s star player, has been out with a knee injury since early March and will miss the final game of the Premier League on Sunday for Everton.

Gunnarsson is recovering after undergoing knee surgery in late April.

Iceland made the squad announcement in a video on YouTube on Friday.

With about 330,000 inhabitants, the Nordic country is comfortably the smallest to ever qualify for the World Cup. Two years ago, Iceland played in the European Championship for the first time and got to the quarterfinals, famously eliminating England along the way.

Iceland will be in Group D with Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia.

The 23-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Hannes Halldorsson, Frederik Schram, Runar Runarsson

Defenders: Ari Skulason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Eyjolfsson, Kari Arnason, Sverrir Ingason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Samuel Fridjonsson, Birkir Saevarsson

Midfielders: Johan Gudmundsson, Arnor Traustason, Aron Gunnarsson, Olafur Skulason, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Emil Hallfredsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Rurik Gislason

Forwards: Bjorn Sigurdarson, Albert Gudmundsson, Alfred Finnbogason, Jon Bodvarsson